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Renovated Toba Hotel International to Reopen April 1, 2010
Hotel to Welcome VIPs from Japan and Overseas During the Ceremonial Rebuilding of Ise Shrine
Design Concept: "A Resort in the Sea of Pearls"
Reopened resort to feature Japan’s first authentic "Pearl Spa" designed by the Mikimoto Group

January 20, 2010
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Mitsui Fudosan Resort Co., Ltd.
Toba Hotel International Co., Ltd.

The Mitsui Fudosan Group would like to announce the reopening of the recently redesigned 121-room Toba Hotel International in Toba City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The reopening is scheduled for April 1, 2010.

First opened in 1964 to offer overnight accommodations to visitors to the Ise Shrine, over its 45-year history the hotel has hosted many esteemed guests, including members of Japan’s Imperial family, prominent Japanese political and financial figures, and foreign dignitaries.

As the hallowed Ise Shrine prepares for its major festival – the ceremonial rebuilding* of the shrine that occurs once every 20 years – Toba Hotel International has transformed its rooms, main dining hall and bar, and lobby completely under the design concept, "A Resort in the Sea of Pearls." Guests will enjoy more appealing and restful accommodations than ever, along with the hotel's outstanding service and hospitality.
*The ceremonial rebuilding of the Ise Shrine, one of Japan's most ancient sacred places, is a tradition reaching back nearly 1,300-years, and is the shrine’s most important event. The shikinensengu, as the event is known in Japanese, involves the complete dismantling and rebuilding of the main shrine every 20 years. The next ceremony will take place in 2013.

At the same time, Mikimoto Cosmetics, part of the renowned Mikimoto Group based in the Toba area, will open PEARL SPA by MIKIMOTO COSMETICS within the hotel. The new facility will be the first authentic pearl spa at a Japanese resort.

[Overview of Hotel Renovation]

  1. Rooms designed to offer more enticing views of Toba Bay, the "Sea of Pearls"
  2. Main dining room uses local ingredients and features a Chef’s Counter where customers can watch their meals prepared
  3. Special entrance lobby and library-style bar to enhance the resort atmosphere
  4. Uniquely Toba-style interior design, including patterns based on traditional Ise paper stencilcraft
  5. Japan’s first authentic resort pearl spa by the Mikimoto Group

Ocean View suite (56 m2)


<Key Features of the Renovation>

  1. Rooms designed to offer more enticing views of Toba Bay, the "Sea of Pearls"
    The renovated hotel will feature 15 Ocean View suites (56 m2) and 24 Harbor View Twin rooms (33 m2). These new rooms will allow guests to better enjoy views of the constantly transforming scenery around the beautiful waters and islands of Toba Bay (the "Sea of Pearls").
    Ocean View suites have been strategically designed to allow guests to enjoy a panoramic view from a roughly 7-meter wide window, while in Harbor View Twin rooms, the desk, bed and armchair all face the sea.

    Harbor View Twin room (33 m2)

    View of Toba Bay from the hotel
  2. Main dining room uses local ingredients and features a Chef’s Counter where customers can watch their meals prepared
    The main dining hall, dubbed The Sea Horse, makes use of seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood to offer a menu of truly unique resort-style French cuisine. The main dining hall, which has welcomed countless VIPs from Japan and around the world will incorporate a new Chef’s Counter, where diners can enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes as their dishes are prepared as an executive chef personally selects the seafood, vegetables and other delightful seasonal ingredients of Ise Shima, and prepares meals right in front of diners' eyes.

    Chef’s Counter

    Main dining hall The Sea Horse

    Artist's rendering of the dishes served at The Sea Horse

  3. Special entrance lobby and library-style bar to enhance the resort atmosphere
    The hotel’s new entrance lobby, an airy space with a view of Toba Bay, is designed to heighten the anticipation of one’s stay at a luxury resort hotel. Also new to the hotel is a library-style bar with a seaside-manor feel, where guests can relax and enjoy a good drink and a good book day or night during their stay while watching boats shuttle between islands through the panoramic window.

    Entrance lobby

    Library and bar
  4. Uniquely Toba design, including patterns based on traditional Ise paper stencilcraft
    Spaces in the hotel carry a uniquely Toba flair, including restaurant entrances, room artwork and furnishings patterned based on traditional Ise paper stencilcraft.

    Entrance to the main dining hall

    Ise stencilcraft on display in a guestroom
  5. Japan’s first authentic resort pearl spa by the Mikimoto Group
    Mikimoto Cosmetics, a member of the world-renowned Mikimoto Group, based in the Toba area, has spent years scientifically researching ways to harness the distinctive luster of pearls in cosmetics. The fruits of these labors will be available to guests in PEARL SPA by MIKIMOTO COSMETICS, the first authentic pearl spa at a resort anywhere in Japan.

    The spa room is a relaxing space where guests can take in breathtaking views of Toba Bay and receive a luxurious hand treatment incorporating pearl essence. Guests staying in the Ocean Wing or Harbor Wing will also be able to enjoy original Mikimoto Cosmetics amenities.

    Pearl Spa

The Mitsui Fudosan Resort Group operates four resort facilities (887 rooms) across Japan, with locations ranging from Hokkaido to Okinawa and the Yaeyama Islands. The Group is committed to providing impeccable hospitality to guests and offering inviting accommodations with a diverse menu of services and activities, including fine dining, hot springs, spas, outdoor excursions, golfing and other activities that take full advantage of natural abundance and regional characteristics.

Toba Hotel International Facility Design Profile

Location 1-23-1 Toba, Toba City, Mie Prefecture, Japan 517-0011
Access 10 min. walk from Kintetsu Toba Station; 3 min. by taxi; shuttle bus also available
Number of rooms 48 rooms in Ocean Wing; 32 rooms in Harbor Wing; 41 rooms in the Shiojitei annex
Dining and other facilities The Sea Horse (main dining hall), Mondo Misaki (Japanese restaurant), café lounge, library and bar, hotel shop, wedding salon, three banquet rooms, three meeting rooms, Chapel TOBA wedding chapel, Shinto wedding rite hall, changing rooms, yacht landing

[Facility Layout]

*Ocean Wing: former main building     Harbor Wing: former south building
To access the details, please click here.

[Hotel Room Composition]

Room Name
No. of Rooms
Room Charge
(Regular Season, in yen)
Day prior to holiday
Ocean View Imperial Suite (56m2)
Ocean View Presidential Suite (56m2)
Ocean View Suite(56m2)
Mountain View Suite(56m2)
Twin & Tatami(56m2)
Ocean View Twin (28m2)
Harbor View Twin (33m2)
Harbor View Twin & Tatami(60m2)
Tatami Room(66m2)

Room charge (2 guests per room) includes tax


[Photo of Facility]

Photo of the Toba Hotel International complex

Third floor of Ocean Wing
Mondo Misaki Japanese restaurant

Chapel TOBA

Exterior view of Shiojitei

Mitoba no Yu hot spring bath at Shiojitei

[Corporate Overview of Mitsui Fudosan Resort Co., Ltd.]

Location 1-1-2 Yurakucho, 8F Hibiya Mitsui Bldg., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Date of establishment June 15, 2007
President Hiroyuki Sawa
Capital ¥490 million
Facilities owned Kiroro (Hokkaido), Toba Hotel International (Mie), Nemu no Sato (Mie), Haimurubushi (Okinawa)

[Corporate Overview of Toba Hotel International Co., Ltd.]

Location 1-23-1 Toba, Toba-shi, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Date of establishment October 10, 2001
President Noriyuki Amano
Capital ¥50 million
Employees 114
Rooms 121